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William “Bill” Hogan had only been Rocky Mount’s chief of police for a few months before Hurricane Floyd hit and flooded many parts of the city. He started his police career in West Virginia, then worked for eleven years in Delaware before moving to North Carolina. During Floyd, Hogan managed the command post, which worked alongside the emergency services communication center. He remembers that frustration he felt trying to direct resources and personnel when he had no control of the weather. Hogan discusses the importance of his officers’ safety during the storm, and he describes some of the work police did in the days following the flood. Hogan’s house suffered only minor damage, and he feels some survivor’s guilt because of that. He describes lasting effects from the storm on Rocky Mount, and explains how the city is better prepared should a similar storm ever hit again.

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